World “Heading in Wrong Direction” on Climate

A report coordinated by the World Meteorological Organisation warns the physical and socioeconomic impacts of climate change will be “increasingly devastating” without more “ambitious” action. The United in Science report shows GHG concentrations are continuing to rise, while fossil fuel emission rates – which fell during lockdown – have now increased to above pre-pandemic levels. It estimates 2030 emission reduction pledges need to be seven times higher to reach the 1.5°C Paris Agreement goal. The past seven years were the warmest in recorded history, and the report says there is a nearly 50% chance one year in the next five will have annual mean temperatures 1.5°C higher than the 1850-1900 average. António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General, said: “There is nothing natural about the new scale of these disasters. They are the price of humanity’s fossil fuel addiction”. At the United Nations General Assembly, Guterres met with his Net-Zero Expert Group members who updated him on progress made since March. Following the meeting, Guterres said: “We cannot afford any form of greenwashing in our race against the climate crisis”. 

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